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Navigating a Toddler’s Fears

My daughter is at the age where monsters under the bed are becoming very real. Her capacity for imagination is developing and it’s all very new and worrying to her. Somewhere around two to three years old, children learn to be anxious and afraid of things, even if it’s entirely fictional, they don’t understand that it’s often irrational. It’s all too easy to say that there’s “no such thing as monsters”, or “don’t be silly”.  ...

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Monster Trucks and Hair Cuts

I need a haircut. My greys are showing and it keeps curling in weird directions. Every time I get used to a new barber, they move, quit, or just plain disappear. Do they know how hard it is to find the right person with the exact right balance of knowing exactly how to cut my hair, to keep the  ...

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Passing on a Love for Storytime

I was always so excited to start a new book when I was a boy. In particular, I remember sitting in bed and trying to keep my eyes open, battling off sleep to finish another chapter of Roald Dahl’s The Witches. I read all of his books, but it was always that one which I used to read with  ...

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